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Parks News: SeaWorld Orlando Opens Antarctica, the Largest Expansion in Its History

by Leap on May 24, 2013 1

It's time for the Frog Family's weekly roundup of Disney and Orlando theme park tidbits from the interwebs.

We love comments! Drop us a line below if you have something to share.

This week’s highlights:

  • Penguins AntarcticaToday is the grand opening of SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, and we have had a ton of coverage this week to celebrate. We cannot wait to bring you even more details about this spectacular attraction, which we got to preview, but just to whet your appetite, we will tell you it was truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Tad listed the penguins as the no. 1 thing he was looking forward to, and they did not disappoint -- it was thrilling to be able to get up close to them in sub-freezing temperatures!

  • It’s also the kickoff of Disney’s Monstrous Summer promotion and its All-Nighter at Magic Kingdom® Park (and Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on the West Coast). We shared tips last week, and we’re looking forward to some trip reports from those of you who are participating.

  • California GrillFoodies will be very happy to hear that reservations are available for Disney’s California Grill, which is closed for renovation, starting Nov. 18. This restaurant atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a perennial guest favorite and a great place to watch Wishes.

  • We’re getting closer to our annual price increase. You’ll need to buy tickets soon if you want the lowest prices of the year.

  • Just in time for summer, a slew of resort-themed merchandise is making its way to the Walt Disney World Resort.
  • MeridaAfter much back and forth (and quite a bit of protest) over a redesigned Merida, the latest word is Disney is keeping the new Merida -- at least for a limited-run of merchandise. What do you think?

That’s all for this week. Until next week, happy planning!

— Leap

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Aug 20, 2013 at 9:32 p.m. Tom Horn Says...

Last trip to Disney I ( the old man) road space mountain with my grand daughter. She has long hair and sat in front of me in the car. As we hit the blackout I'm holding on with both hands. Her hair flies back in my face, some in my open mouth and I liked to choked before it was over. Wonder if that's ever happened to anyone else?

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